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Poster: adks12020 Date: Sep 23, 2011 12:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: (Non-Dead)- James Farm (new Joshua Redman jazz group)

Obviously this isn't a Dead post but I thought some people that frequent this boad might be interested in James Farm. The band consists of 4 of the best jazz talents out there: Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland.

I saw them last night at The Egg at Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY and they were just amazing...awe inspiring. Their were numerous moments where I found myself staring almost through the band becuase it was too hard to focus on all the things each band member was doing. Every one of them is virtuosic on their respective instruments.

They really take it out into space sometimes but the drummer (Eric Harland) is phenomenal at keeping a recognizable beat even in the really spacey stuff. He was new to me and I have to say I would probably see any band he is in..one of the best drummers I've ever seen and I've seen a lot. He and Penman (bassist - also toured with John Scofield and Joe Lovano last year - saw them at The Egg too...also sick) kept the crowd grooving the entire night.

These guys also have a talent for creating moods that flow very smoothly from dark and intense to light and airy and then back to the deep and then to something funky then back to dark again...constantly. All the songs are reasonably long to start with (5-8 minutes probably) with composed and jammed out sections.

They played one long (about 100 minutes) set and an encore and I could have stayed all night.

I highly suggest anyone that has a chance go see them. You will not regret it. The musicianship is just staggering and although it gets kinda out there sometimes the way they do it makes it very accessible to anyone...even non jazz fans.

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Poster: WillCo Date: Sep 24, 2011 3:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (Non-Dead)- James Farm (new Joshua Redman jazz group)

Lucky you to see them live! The record is a top-ten of 2011 for me.

For anybody who likes Umphrey's McGee, Redman guested with them for a series of shows that are available in great quality here on Archive, one of which links follows:

http://www.archive.org/details/UM2004-02-18

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 23, 2011 12:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (Non-Dead)- James Farm (new Joshua Redman jazz group)

If Joshua is part of it, I'm always interested. Thanks for the tip.

Just saw another fave, Terence Blanchard, sit in with lots of folks last weekend at MJF. That guy stands with the legends on the trumpet.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 23, 2011 12:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (Non-Dead)- James Farm (new Joshua Redman jazz group)

thanks for the suggestion! love this kind of stuff. i'll definitely be checking them out.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Sep 25, 2011 2:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (Non-Dead)- James Farm (new Joshua Redman jazz group)

Here is Jewel showing some diversity adding Joshua Redmen and guitarist Brandon Ross to the mix.

http://pann.nate.com/video/214408928